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Benwerrin Park Clydesdale Stud was founded in rural western Sydney in 1981 by Heather and Philip Oxenham. The Oxenham’s had had a long history in breeding and riding light horses for many years prior to altering course and purchasing their first Clydesdale. 

“Rhine Valley Angel” a beautiful young filly, was purchased from the Annual Wodonga Clydesdale Sale, run by the NSW Clydesdale Society in 1982.  Angel, as she was affectionately known, was much loved for her serene temperament particularly with the family’s three young daughters. The children spent many years side by side Angel learning about these gentle giants and having fun. The Stud showed Angel for many years and bred several foals. By this time the family was hooked on Clydesdales. 

Benwerrin Park Clydesdale Stud purchased “McMurchie Felicity” from the McMurchie Stud, in Walla Walla, and this commenced a sequence that saw a new filly or two purchased each year. 

As time went on the stud bred more foals and they were quite successful in the show ring. Following their success and great joy in and outside the show ring, the Stud purchased a young foal from the Dakota Stud from western NSW. “Dakota Jodie” who was very successful in the show ring and allowed the entire family to be involved, with the children leading her in the Junior Handler section at Sydney Royal Easter Show with great success for eight consecutive years. 

Over many years Benwerrin Park has also focused on breeding its own progeny. “McMurchie Felicity” one of the foundation mares, bred some distinguished foals including “Benwerrin Park Trinity”. “Trinity” won Yearling colt going on to become Best Yearling and Reserve Champion Stallion / Colt at the 1998 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Trinity continued his success for many years and was never ranked out of the top three places.  

 “Benwerrin Park Calais” (full sister to Trinity), was awarded second in the Brood Mare at Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2002. “Dakota Jodie” also won her class as a Yearling and Best Yearling in 1992 at Sydney.  Progeny of “Felicity” have also done very well at various Royal shows around the country. 

“Trinity” and “Calais” are both by a Colt bred by Benwerrin Park.  “Benwerrin Park McIntyre” was by a “Roughland Telstar" stallion “Coldstream McKenna” out of a “Roughland Telstar” mare “Stanhope Park Pearl”. McIntryre won Yearling colt at Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1994. 

Benwerrrin Park is extremely proud to carry the blood lines of;

v  Roughland Telstar” imp

v  Balwill Knockout” imp

v  Balwill Everlasting” imp

v  Aarunga Prolific” 

Currently the stud runs about nine brood mares, with younger stock coming on.

At the moment the primary stallion is “Murroka Seamus” by “Balwill Everlasting” (imported) out of “Murroka Classic Lady” by “Aarunga Prolific”. Seamus is a fine, tall dark brown boy, with classic markings, very gentle temperament and easy to handle. Seamus was awarded Champion Stallion Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2006.

Benwerrin Park Stud has young stock available and we welcome interested buyers.

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